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The Final - Problems and Solutions
Written by Brian Stephenson   

In these solutions, those moves that were required are given in bold type. All else is given for the sake of completeness and for the interest of solvers. Threats are given in parentheses and ‘S’ is used for knight. All problems carried 5 points, distributed as indicated with the solutions.

1.1 Murray Marble

British Chess Magazine, 1915

1sr5/Q6b/3spp2/1pB1k3/7R/1P1PS3/p1K5/2S5

Mate in 2

1.2 Leopold Szwedowski

1st Prize, Pedagogusok Lapja, 1966-1967

3r4/1p6/4R2p/1p6/1Qsk1Bp1/r2S4/p6p/K2sS1bB

Mate in 2

1.3 Josef Retter

Die Schwalbe 167th TT, 1982

5R2/Bp2Pp1s/qrP1B2K/pb1S4/3Pk1P1/1p3S2/Q1P1rPP1/4R3

Mate in 2

2.1 Andrey Lobusov

HM., Bulletin of the Central Chess Club of the USSR, 1978

5r2/1p5r/pR2S3/1p1k4/pP3pS1/3B1Ks1/8/B7

Mate in 3

2.2 Aleksandr Grin

HM., Shakhmaty v SSSR, 1980

3S2b1/b2pK3/1p1p4/1R6/3k2p1/1p1Pp3/rP2P2s/1sQ5

Mate in 3

3.1

No diagram

This was an original, unpublished endgame study and so it cannot be published here.

3.2 A. Ornstein

3/4 HM., Tidskrift för Schack, 1994

8/8/5S2/3p2kp/7s/5P1P/3K3B/8

White to play and win

4.1 Valery Kopyl

Problem Forum, 2002

8/4bp2/8/3kP3/2s1p3/Pp5K/3B1R2/8

Helpmate in 3: 2 solutions

4.2 Z. Meergans

Schweizerische Schachzeitung, 1984

4b2b/8/2p3s1/7p/1q3pk1/1P1S4/2K2p2/1B3r1r

Helpmate in 4: 2 solutions

5.1 L. Vetesnik

Ceske Listy sachove, 1897 (v)

4B3/pR1R3K/6p1/2k5/8/8/1B3b2/8

Mate in 4

5.2 Zoltan Labai

2nd HM., Sachové umení, 1992

3S1R2/K3B3/4S1rP/2p1k1pP/s1R1B1b1/1p3p1q/3Pr3/8

Mate in 5

6.1 Udo Degener

4th Prize, Schweizerische Schachzeitung, 1985-1986

2R4B/4k1KP/6QP/2S1Pp2/3S2s1/2b1p3/bR4rp/6r1

Selfmate in 2

6.2 P. A. Larsen

HM., Tidskrift för Schack, 1911

B7/8/1B2p3/1p2k3/2PSS1R1/p5r1/Pp3R1Q/1K6

Selfmate in 5

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